Drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or (Unscrewed Aerial Vehicle), have revolutionized the surveyors’ industry. With their rise in popularity and legislation, manufacturers have created drones for a wide variety of purposes, including utility models for companies that need to inspect or collect aerial images of worksites. The geospatial industry undergoes a revolution every day, from total stations to GPS, to Laser scanners and robotics. The combination has resulted in an efficient tool, surveying drones, which boast quick data collection times, excellent positional accuracy and a safe operator experience.
We deploy them for:
• Drone Mapping (Land Surveying/Cartography, Photogrammetry)
• Urban Planning and Land Management
• Precise Measurement
• 3D modelling
• Environmental monitoring and conservation
• Intelligent Thermal Data for Critical Missions
Drones for Agriculture
Drone applications in agriculture range from mapping and surveying to crop-dusting and spraying.
1. Scouting/Monitoring Plant Health
One of the revolutions on Drone Technology in Agriculture is the use of drone imagery for monitoring plant health. Drones equipped with special imaging equipment called Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) use detailed colour information to indicate plant health. This allows farmers to monitor crops as they grow so any problems can be dealt with fast enough to save the plants.
2. Monitoring Field Conditions
Drones can provide accurate field mapping including elevation information that allows growers to find any irregularities in the field. Having information on field elevation is useful in determining drainage patterns and wet/dry spots which allow for more efficient watering techniques.
3. Crop Spraying
Larger drones are already capable of applying small quantities of pesticide or fertilizer to crops, orchards and forested areas. Drones sprayers delivery very fine spray applications that can be targeted to specific areas to maximize efficiency and save on chemical costs
4. Computer Vision, and AI
When integrated into drones, computer vision technology can provide all kinds of essential data that can help farmers optimise irrigation and plan the best time for harvest. In particular, it can dramatically enhance the aerial images taken by drones to compute highly accurate information that would be impossible to glean just from images (or the naked eye), which agriculturists can use to make the best farming decisions. Today, several companies are offering this kind of technology to be used with drones.